The role of surgery in necrotizing otitis externa

Maayan Gruber, Eyal Sela, Ilana Doweck, Ariel Roitman, Nechama Uri, Samer Srouji, Raanan Cohen-Kerem

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This retrospective case review describes a subset of 5 patients with necrotizing otitis externa (NOE) with a refractory disease course who underwent surgery as part of their management plan between 2008 and 2013. Surgery promoted the cure of 4 of the 5 patients, and a fungal pathogen was recovered in 4 of 5 surgical samples. We conclude that surgery may be a necessary diagnostic and treatment adjunct in selective cases of NOE, especially in patients with a refractory disease course or with a suspected fungal etiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E16
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

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